It’s summer, by the college calendar, time to feel the liberation from homework, enjoy the sunny 60-degree days in Portland . . . maybe even get back to a long neglected blog! And a blog is a great place to share some of the results of that hard work, especially when both of your majors and minor are all about writing. And now that I’m a senior, I’m doing a LOT of writing!
For example, as a sample, I submit my proudest achievement this term: a video of one of the more fun scripts I wrote and saw come to life in my New Script Development class (the advanced version of the Dramatic Writing classes at PSU). In this class, writers like me were challenged by some pretty wild writing prompts; and then future directors and actors in class helped us to develop these stories into something akin to a finished product. I can’t tell you how much fun and hard work this is–and I loved ever bit of it. ^_^
The project I’m sharing today is called The Long Blink, and it came out of this rather crazy prompt (just in case you already saw the video and are wondering “wtf was all that about?”):
Put no more than four characters in one of the following settings (note the theme here … “small spaces“): A closet, restaurant booth, bathroom, cockpit, confessional, elevator, hunting blind, cave, submarine, office cubicle, ferris wheel, tunnel, jail cell, bed, … you get the idea. The scene must additionally contain the following ingredients: A blind date, 3 days without sleep, a phobia, and a man covered in tattoos.
from Karin Magaldi, my awesome Dramatic Writing instructor
For some reason this didn’t seem enough punishment for one project, so I added a couple of limitations of my own:
- I would try to use most, if not all of the settings given, and
- I would do so without any narration–it would all be in the dialogue. Yikes.
Once we had something to work from (and wow, there were some fun scripts that came out of that), we were teamed up with a director and actors (fellow students in class desiring to act/direct) who rehearsed and helped us to develop our stories into something much more wonderful than we could have done on our own. Then, to celebrate this wonderful collaboration, we got to see our scripts read on stage in front of an audience (with all the changes there was simply no time to block, act and memorize them). But even as voice actors, these girls and guys put way more life into our words than I imagined.
But I’ll let you be the judge… =)
I present to you a stage reading of my script The Long Blink, wonderfully performed by Nick Nolan, Taryn Judah, Madison Shanley, and Drew Pierce. Filmed by Jerry Rous.
It’s still a work in progress, of course (especially the new ending), but we had a lot of fun getting it this far. I hope you enjoyed it.
Hopefully more soon!! ^_^